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School Offers Virtual Welcome Weekend Events

The UNC School of Social Work will host three virtual Welcome Weekend events next week, giving all MSW admitted applicants the opportunity to learn more about the MSW program. The virtual sessions are being offered due to the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students who have been accepted to the program can register online HERE for one of the following sessions:
•    Tuesday, April 7, 5:30 – 8:00pm
•    Thursday, April 9, 10:00am – 12:30pm
•    Thursday, April 9, 2:00 – 4:30pm

New ways to continue our mission

graphic text - "Social Work, Now More Than Ever"How have programs and activities at UNC School of Social Work changed during the coronavirus pandemic? The most visible change has been in instructional programs. All classes have moved to remote instruction, often via the online Zoom app. Although field education on-site activities have stopped, field instructors and task supervisors are working with students to create alternative approaches to the field experience (for example, telephone interviews with clients). There have even been some adjustments in the grading system to provide faculty and students with more flexibility.

Honoring Social Workers

Dean Gary Bowen

Dean Gary Bowen

During times of crisis, our communities turn to our health and behavioral health professionals for solace and support. It seems fitting then that we celebrate the profession of social work in the month of March given that now, more than ever, we need to recognize the value of social workers and mental health workers who provide needed care, resources, research, and advocacy on behalf of the most vulnerable among us.

Testa selected for "100 Champions of Children" award

Mark Testa, the Spears-Turner Distinguished Professor of Social Work, has been selected by the national Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) as a member of the organization’s “100 Champions for Children.” The award recognizes numerous individual and group efforts to promote child well-being and advance the field of child welfare.

Pridgen-Braswell to retire after 30+ years of service

After more than 30 years of service, Linda Pridgen-Braswell will retire from the School of Social Work at the end of March.

Pridgen-Braswell was first hired as an office manager within the School’s Field Education Program in 1989, where she initially worked for seven years. During her tenure, she also served as an assistant to former associate dean Jan Schopler and then as a business and contract manager with the N.C. Child Welfare Education Collaborative. She returned to the Field Education Program nearly 10 years ago, where she has remained as an office manager.